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1,2,3 - ACT!
Saturdays. January 17 through March 28, 2015
Arts for Hearts studio is partnering up with the SecondStory Repertory to create a new and unique experience for the Russian-speaking families of the Eastside. Each Saturday families will get together to read a story, dramatize it, and play it out with young children in the Russian language, using elements of costumes, stage sets and music. To ensure the best learning experience we encourage the parents of the children to participate fully and be the models for their kids in the class.

At this time, both classes are in Russian only.
10:15am-11am for ages 3 to 5
Taught by Anna Vasilevskaya of AFH
11:15am-12:15pm for ages 5 and up
Taught by Nelya Galiakbarova of AFH

Performance: the last lesson of the semester will be in the form of an open house. No formal performance will be scheduled for these groups.

Tuition: $165. To register, please call 425.881.6777 Tuesday-Saturday 2pm-6pm

Classes will be held at the SecondStory Hideaway. 7411 166th AVE NE, Redmond WA 98052

Anna Vasilevskaya (Stovall) was born in Novosibirsk, former Soviet Union. She studied in Russian Academy of Theater Arts (GITIS) in Moscow, then moved to United States in 1995. Since then Anna and her husband Dmitry Vasilevsky had established a company Arts for Hearts, Inc. with the goal of promoting various arts through education, public and private performances, fundraisers, and other art-related activities. Since it's incorporation in 2008, the company has produced 8 shows in Russian language, including the original musical "No Way!" ("Ничего себе!") written and directed by Anna Vasilevskaya. In 2014 Arts for Hearts, Inc. became a proud recipient of the grant from the 4Culture organization of the King County. Anna Vasilevskaya continues to work as a teacher, composer, and performer. She is very excited about the opportunity to work with SecondStory Repertory Theater.

Nelya Galiakbarova was born in Chelyabinsk, Russia. She graduated from Chelyabinsk Academy of Art. She used to act in a drama theater. Later she moved to Moscow and finished her postgraduate study at the Russian Academy of Theater Arts (GITIS) as a stage speech specialist. Then, she kept working there as the stage speech specialist at the actors faculty. She also acted at television shows, recorded audio books, created voice over for audio and video commercials.
Since 2011 Nelya has lived in the greater Seattle area with her husband and two children. Here in the US she worked at the Russian's Cool! school (Federal Way) where she taught Voice and Speech Classes for young children. In 2013 Nelya partnered up with Arts for Hearts, Inc., where she directed plays and worked with young and adult amateur actors as a voice coach. In the production of "Russian Rapunzel" at the SecondStory Repertory Theater Nelya was involved both as an actress and a stage speech specialist. Nelya is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the SecondStory Repertory Theater and to share her passion for theater with the community.


Age 16+

Internship positions are available for high school and college students, and recent graduates.

All internships are unpaid, and can count towards community service hours. Production Interns will be assigned to act as assistants on Mainstage, TYA, or Summer Workshop production teams.

 Areas of study include:


 Stage Management

Lighting Design & Electrics

Costume Design & Construction

Scenic Design & Technical Direction

Arts Administration

Marketing & Public Relations





Please email for more information.


SecondStory Repertory’s mission is to entertain, educate, and enlighten the diverse communities of artists and audiences on Seattle’s Eastside.


16587 NE 74th ST, Redmond, WA 98052

Box Office Hours: Tues-Sat 2pm-6pm
(and two hours prior to every performance)